Providing Pro-bono SMB technology consulting services [SMB Consulting Best Practices book excerpt]

Howdy-hwody! What about doing right and giving back? Today passage from the SMB Consulting Best PRactices book I wrote is about doing the right thing as a Small Business Specialist (SBSC) and SMB consultant. Call it my living theology! Thanks for attending my virtual book reading!

Provide Pro Bono Services

Have you every wondered what made one professional service firm last over one hundred years while others come and go? One key to longevity that will span generations is community involvement. These firms typically have stellar track records of volunteerism, which is essentially what “pro bono” means in Latin. Many professionals view this as a good way to give back to the community that’s given so much to them. SMB consultants should think no differently. More important, I’ve found you can earn tons of “karma dollars” by being a giver of your time.

So what type of pro bono services can you provide as an SMB consultant? I’ve seen the following services provided without charge:

·           Wiring a local school for networking

·           Teaching an “Introduction to Computers” class at the senior citizen center

·           Donating computer equipment to the local library In many communities, you can associate yourself with a not-for-profit


organization that coordinates technology volunteers to help others. One group is NPower ( See in Figure 3-2. NPower has recently increased its scope to be national in the US.

Figure 3-2:

For many years, NPower has coordinated technology volunteers in the Seattle area. It now has several nationwide US affiliates.



Harry Brelsford, CEO at smb nation

Microsoft Small Business Specialist SBSC, MBA, MCSE, MCT, MCP, CNE, CLSE, CNP

PS – did u know I host a technology conference in the New York City area each spring? Save the date for March 6-8, 2009 and watch “voice meet data” in the SMB space!

PPS – my SBS 2008 book will be out in mid-November 2008!

PPPS – my Microsoft Response Point Primer book is here NOW!


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